The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses, by Paul Goble, is a beautiful book based on a Native American story. The illustrations are vibrant, and the story makes the reader want to know what will happen next. The ending event makes the reader pause to consider what the author means before revealing the event. This would appeal to any young reader, especially one who also loves horses.
When I first saw the cover of When Marian Sang, I knew I had to have this book. The story of Marian Anderson’s singing career as written by Pam Munoz Ryan, is an important stage of American history. The illustrations are subtly beautiful, and the book naturally leads the reader to want to know more about her life.
Oh, how I love old books. This treasure, Make Way for Ducklings is truly a children’s classic. The timeless story by Robert McCloskey, of a family of ducks in Boston, Mass., is as captivating today as when it was written. The historic artwork makes it endearing to young and old. For classroom work, many activities could be created with this book as its starting point.
Many Moons takes a lighted-hearted trip through a child’s imagination. James Thurber’s adults who try to find a way to give the princess the moon get lost in the details. The book is an excellent read aloud choice, with many opportunities for creating voices. It reminds us to appreciate the simplicity of childhood.
Another timeless classic, The Biggest Bear, by Lynd Ward, takes us on an adventure with a young boy and his surprising friend. It could lead to many discussions with students about the possible reality of the events. The end is truly a surprise, with a young boy taking one more step toward being a man.
Oh how silly. A talking donkey? A magic pebble? Could there possibly be such a thing? Of course, if we use our imaginations! William Steig’s Sylvester and the Magic Pebble does just that. Have you ever wanted to be something other that what you are? Be careful what you wish for, it just might come true!
“Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair!” How many of us know that quote, but remember the actual story? Paul Zelinsky tells the tale in a manner that appeals to children and adults. With all the elements of a classic fairy talk, the author takes another step by adding illustrations of timeless beauty. Snuggle up on the couch with this one, with or without children.
Have you ever heard the phrase “If these walls could talk?”
In The Little House, by Virginia Lee Burton, the house does just that. She talks! And if you look closely, you’ll see that she also smiles. Now what could cause a house to smile?
Let’s step back in time to find the “his-story” of “her-story!”
Why Mosquitos Buss in People’s Ears. This West African tale, as retold by Verna Aardema, is sure to be a hit with audiences of any age. (A hit…. get it???)
The consequences of one little action grow and grow and grow. Follow along with this delightful tale to discover the answer to one of life’s persistent questions.
The classic tale from China of Lon Po Po, as told by Ed Young, will have your pulling the covers up over your head to hide. I just hope you don’t feel a big bushy tail by your toes!
The children in this story outsmart the wolf as they work together to save the day.